Elementary Science


About Elementary Science

The Fairfax County Public Schools Elementary Science Program consists of inquiry based units that research has shown to be most effective for student achievement in science.  The rigorous lessons include science process skills that develop students’ ability to think and perform like a scientist.  They are designed to encourage children to investigate the nature of the world around them through participation in scientific investigations and develop ways to be environmental stewards.  Kit materials correlate with the lessons so that students can have hands-on experiences to better understand science concepts. Then students are provided opportunities to apply this knowledge to solve problems and understand the nature of science.  In addition to science trade books, sixth grade science textbook, and these hands-on kits, FCPS offers the Fresh Science DVD supplemental visuals and Discovery Education Video Library.  Embedded technologies in the elementary science program include Weatherbug Achieve, Easy Sense Q5 Probeware, and microscopes.

The Elementary Science Program follows the Virginia State Science Standards of Learning which include the following science strands:

  • Scientific Investigation, Reason and Logic;
  • Force, Motion and Energy;
  • Matter;
  • Life Processes;
  • Living Systems;
  • Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Change;
  • Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems,
  • Resources

 

Kindergarten

In kindergarten Science, students learn concepts based on the Virginia Science Standards of Learning (SOL):

  • Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic
  • Earth Science
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science


SOL testing of kindergarten science standards occurs in grade 3


1st Grade

In first grade Science, students learn concepts based on the Science Standards of Learning (SOL):

  • Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic
  • Earth Science
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science


SOL testing of kindergarten science standards occurs in grade 3

 

2nd Grade

In second grade Science, students learn concepts based on the Science Standards of Learning (SOL):

  • Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic
  • Earth Science
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science


SOL testing of kindergarten science standards occurs in grade 3

 

3rd Grade

In second grade Science, students learn concepts based on the Science Standards of Learning (SOL):

  • Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic
  • Earth Science
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science


SOL testing of kindergarten science standards occurs in grade 3

 

4th Grade

. In fourth grade Science, students learn concepts based on the Science Standards of Learning (SOL):

  • Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science


SOL testing of fourth grade science standards occurs in grade 5

 

5th Grade

In fifth grade Science, students learn concepts based on the Science Standards of Learning (SOL):

  • Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science


At the end of the fifth grade, students participate in SOL testing, allowing them the opportunity to show the array of knowledge and skills they have developed over grades 4-5.

 

6th Grade

 In sixth grade Science, students learn concepts based on the Science Standards of Learning (SOL):

  • Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Physical Science

SOL testing of sixth grade science standards occurs in grade 8

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Contact:

Myra Thayer
Science Coordinator
571-423-4785

Tim Harazin
Elementary Science Specialist
703-658-3690

Jodi Hepner
Elementary Science Specialist
571-423-4782

Jill Horton
Elementary Science Resource Teacher
571-423-4784

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Last Updated

July 7, 2014